This Shelf Indulgence review focuses on Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys (a pen name of Tammy Cohen). The novel begins in post-war London. Eve Forrester, raised by a mother who seemingly disapproves of her very existence, has escaped into a loveless marriage to an overbearing prig, and is now living a dismal life in a grey suburb. But the arrival of a solicitor’s letter changes all that – for Eve has come into an inheritance from a wealthy stranger, and the nature of the inheritance must remain a mystery until Eve presents herself at the office of a notary in Cannes. The contrast between post-war austerity in London and the excesses of the Riviera could not be more stark. Yet the glamour of glittering parties with film star guests, and the luxury, colour and light of the place is tainted for Eve: she finds herself surrounded by rivals and in grave peril. Rooted in the Golden Age fiction of Agatha Christie, and reminiscent of the psychological novels of Barbara Vine, with a whiff of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley series, A Fatal Inheritance is a pleasing tale of mystery, adventure, and romance.
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